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Shakespeare: His Life and Times

Learn about William Shakespeare, the places he lived, and the time period he lived in. Read the full text of some of his most popular works. Make a virtual visit to Anne Hathaway’s cottage or Stratford-Upon-Avon. Try an interactive quiz to test your knowledge of Shakespeare or go on a WebQuest, plus try to identify which words he invented. Visit an old Renaissance town and see what life was like in Shakespeare’s time.


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PBS Masterpiece Theatre has a brief biography of William Shakespeare and includes the names and dates of his plays and poems. Click on "Will's Words" to play an interactive game in which you identify which words Shakespeare coined.
Read about the historical context of Shakespeare's life. Also includes links to information on the author's plays, a chronology, glossary, timeline, and more.
This webquest includes activities and discussion questions related to Shakespeare's life, times, and works.
Explore Shakespeare's world and learn about his education and the education system of the time. This site also contains bibliographies on different subjects, including food, costume, and medicine. NOTE: This site includes sponsored links.
Read about William Shakepeare's life on this page. Includes pictures.
"And this is how the locals saw the first 25 years of Elizabeth I". Read an informative tale of Shakespearen times, told from a townsman's point of view.
Take a stroll through Shakespeare's birthplace. This interactive tour allows you to choose a street and then walk down it. Just click on the desired street name, and then navigate using the provided tool.
Learn the history behind several of England's historic homes, including Shakespeare's birthplace, Anne Hathaway's cottage, and Mary Arden's house.
Learn about Shakespeare's time, from the kings and queens to the literary, artistic, and cultural aspects. Also includes a brief biography on Christopher Marlowe.
This site has a listing of Shakespeare's major works, as well as the full text for each of them. Read these popular plays online.
This is an comprehensive award-winning site devoted to Shakespeare. Don't miss the timeline, genealogy and quiz links on the main page. Explore the site to view a list of his works and to learn about his life and times.
Learn all about the Renaissance Period including the people, literature, culture, and more. There are a few hands-on activites, such as becoming a spice trader.
Read the full text of Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, histories and poetry.
Was Shakespeare really the author of all the works credited to him? Read transcripts and listen to audio files from debates and mock trials on this PBS site. Includes essays from scholars on the issue.
This site has a lot of information about Shakespeare and the time period he lived in. Learn about politics, plays, and clothing of the time period. This is an easy site to navigate.
These sites cover the history and architecture of the old Globe Theatre and the new reconstructed one. You can take virtual tours using 3D models and VR images. There is also information about Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on Shakespeare.

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